ULI Houston News


TMC executive and long-time ULI leader to serve as Houston district council chair
for the real estate development and land use non-profit organization

Photo courtesy of Texas Medical Center.

HOUSTON – June 7, 2018 – The Houston District Council of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) has appointed Abbey Roberson as the incoming Houston District Council Chair effective July 1, 2018. Roberson, who will serve as the first female chair for ULI’s local council, succeeds Bill Odle, principal, TBG Partners, who is completing his two-year term.

Roberson has been a dedicated member of ULI for more than 10 years, and previously served in leadership roles on the mission advancement, awards and membership committees. Roberson was recognized with a ULI Women in Leadership Initiative scholarship award and has participated in the Young Mentors mentorship program as a mentee. Her service to ULI includes a broad list of committees such as suburban and urban marketplace, mentorship, programs, sponsorship, technical assistance panel, women’s leadership initiative, and young leaders.

“Abbey is an outstanding leader in her field. She is a strategist with an eye on trends in the marketplace and she brings tremendous institutional knowledge and value to the Houston ULI leadership team and real estate community,” according to Bill Odle.

Roberson serves as vice president of planning for the Texas Medical Center (TMC), where she focuses on design and development plans for the largest medical center in the world and identifying opportunities for enhancing the TMC campus. Prior to joining TMC in 2016, she spent 12 years at HOK in Atlanta, Washington, D.C, and Houston where she led a planning and landscape architecture team. With a specialty in urban design, master planning and urban infill developments, she has served clients on a broad range of projects including district plans and mixed-use developments to campuses and communities in cities across the country and around the world.

ULI provides leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. Initiatives include the annual Development of Distinction Awards, recognizing and rewarding best practices in real estate development in the greater Houston area; mentorship programs to build future industry leaders; scholarships for graduate real estate students at University of Houston and Texas A&M University; the ULI Women’s Leadership Initiative; and ongoing programs presenting thought leadership on relevant topics affecting real estate development and land use.



About the Urban Land Institute

The Urban Land Institute (www.uli.org) is a global nonprofit education and research Institute supported by its members. Its mission is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. Established in 1936, the Institute has nearly 40,000 members representing all aspects of land use. The Houston District Council is ULI at the local level, facilitating the exchange of ideas and the transmission of ULI best practices. ULI Houston has nearly 1,000 members, who come together at educational programs and other events to share experiences and learn from each other.


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